Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Lola and the Boy Next Door

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I’m participating in Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts, hosted by Lexxie over at {un}Conventional Book Views again this week.

What is Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts? Well here’s a description from Lexxie’s site:

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

This week I am featuring Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. In this scene Lola is on a date with Max {pg. 45}

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

“That’s your last warning,” I say. “And you just bought my burrito.”
“Extra guacamole.” He seals his promise with a deep kiss as my phone rings. Andy.
My face flushes. “Sorry.”
He turns away in frustration but says softly, “Don’t be.”
I tell Andy we’re already at the restaurant, and we’ve just been walking around. I’m pretty sure he buys it. The mood killed, Max and I choose a place only a block away. It has green saguaro lights in the window and papier-mache parrots hanging from the ceiling. Max lives in the Mission, the neighborhood beside mine, which has no shortage of amazing Mexican restaurants.
The waiter brings us salty chips and extra-hot salsa, and I tell Max about school, which starts again in three days….

Thursday Quotables

Thursday Quotables~ Sleepless in Manhattan


Because I love sharing quotes from books, the more random the better, I decided to join Bookshelf Fantasies for Thursday Quotables to highlight some great quotes from the books I’m reading.

This week I’m featuring quotes from Sarah Morgan’s Sleepless in Manhattan.

Sleepless in Manhattan (From Manhattan with Love, #1)


Other people were deciding her future. Closed doors and conversations. People expecting her to wear a brave face.


She tried telling herself the reason she hadn’t slept much the night before was all down to nerves, excitement and the use of her mobile devices late into the night. Everyone knew that using screens at night was bad, didn’t they?


He could still feel the slight shake of her hand under his and smell the light summery perfume she always wore. Her perfume always messed with his senses. It made him want to strip her naked, throw her down in the nearest field of wildflowers and do very bad things.


Maria let go of his hands. “She made her choice, and now you have to make yours. You have to decide whether you love her enough to take the risk. Are you willing to do whatever it takes? Is she worth it, or would you rather go through life without her?”


August Challenge Update

New Release Challenge


Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
More than 500 pgs:
Page Turner:
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
Published in 2017: Rejected Writers Take the Stage
Published pre-2000: Mary Poppins
UK or European Author: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Backlist: City of Ashes
From a List: When Breath Becomes Air
Award Winner: Bone Gap
Book about books: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Size word in title: The Little French Bistro
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
Cozy mystery:
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Not You:
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge


Goodreads Challenge


New to Me Challenge {Authors}

35/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}


Read the Books You Buy

3/155 1.9% {Goal 21-40%}

Blogger Shame Review Challenge


Charity Reading Challenge

January- Eugene Mission: 11 books $55
February- St. Jude’s: 16 books $80
March- ASPCA: 17 books $85
April- The Hunger Project: 10 books $50
May- USO: 19 Books $95
June- Breast Cancer Research Foundation 11 Books $55
July- Proliteracy Worldwide 7 Books $35

August- American Diabetes Association

  1. Life and Other Near Death Experiences
    2. Someone Like Her
    3. Forged in Ash
    4. City of Fallen Angels
    5. The Rejected Writers Take the Stage {re-read}
    6. Heaven and Earth
    7. The Food of Love
    8. The Little French Bistro
    9. Saving Parker
    10. Beneath the Patchwork Moon
    11. The Taming of Annabelle

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

A- Angels & Demons
B- The Battle of the Labyrinth
C- City of Ashes
D- Daring Greatly
E- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
F- Finding Myself in Britain
G- Game Changer
H- How to Say Goodbye
I- I am Malala
K- Kisses on a Paper Airplane
L- Legend of the Guardians
M- Me Before You
N- Night Diver
O- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
P- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Q- Queen of Babble
R- Ready Player One
S- The Sea of Monsters
T- Tempting Autumn
U- Under the Wide and Starry Sky
W- When Breath Becomes Air

GWB 2017 Book Bingo



More than 100 years old
Takes place in Spring
About a different culture: I am Malala
Over 500 pages
Pink cover
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Becoming a movie in 2017
Published in 2017: The Rejected Writers Book Club
Based on a fairytale
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Takes place in Summer
Read in High School
Author I Have Met
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Translated to English: The Little French Bistro
About mental illness: The Good Luck of Right Now
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Graphic novel
Brought me joy
Debut Novel

eBook Reading Challenge


Audio Book Reading Challenge

65/25 Complete!

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge


Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017


2017 Literary Escapes Challenge

California~ Game Changer
Colorado~ Accidentally Hers
Florida~ How to Say Goodbye
Illinois~ Bone Gap
Maine~ Liar’s Key
Maryland~ Every Day
Massachusetts~ The Thing About Jellyfish
Mississippi~ The Haters
New Jersey~ Every Exquisite Thing
New York~ The Sea of Monsters
North Carolina~ Crazy for Her
Ohio~ Ready Player One
Oregon~ The Rejected Writers Book Club
Pennsylvania~ The Good Luck of Right Now
Tennessee~ Catching Jordan
Texas~ Faultlines
Washington~ Come Away With Me
West Virginia~ From Rocket Boys to October Sky
Wisconsin~ Kisses on a Paper Airplane*

2017 Audiobook Challenge

63/30 Complete!

2017 Library Love Challenge

43/24 Complete!

Reading Assignment

Jan~ Sea of Monsters
Feb~ City of Ashes
March~ The Eternity Code
April~ Come Away With Me
May~ Show No Mercy


Bookish Resolutions

Complete 10 Reading Challenges~ 4/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 1/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M A M J J FAILED

Post 1 Review per week~ FAILED
Clean up Bloglovin’ Feed~ Completed!
Comment on 1 Blog per day FAILED

Write every day FAILED
Outline & Plot Novel~ not started
Complete First Draft~ not started

Move closer to work~ in progress
Try 1 new thing every week FAILED
Join a club~ not started
Take a class~ not started

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ Hidden Romantic Gems

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is hidden gems in X genre. I struggled to come up with a genre and decided to go with hidden gems in romance.

Forged in Fire (Red-Hot SEALs, #1)

Forged in Fire

Summer in Eclipse Bay (Eclipse Bay Trilogy, # 3)

Summer in Eclipse Bay

The Reef

The Reef

Game Changer (A sexy romantic comedy)

Game Changer

Someone Like Her (K2 Team, #2)

Someone Like Her

How To Say Goodbye

How to Say Goodbye

Pearl Cove (Donovan, #3)

Pearl Cove

Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon, #1)

Accidentally Hers

The Second Chance Cafe (Hope Springs #1)

The Second Chance Cafe

Come Away with Me (With Me in Seattle, #1)

Come Away With Me

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}


Down the TBR Hole #10

One of the newer memes that I found and fell in love with is Down the TBR Hole by Lost in a Love Story. I found this meme featured on Bursting with Books and had never seen anything like it, but I loved the concept. Essentially you go through your Goodreads TBR shelf and take another look at the books that have been hanging out there for a while. You then determine whether you want to keep the book on your TBR or remove it.

As I was starting to put together my version of this project meme, I started to find other similar ones, like Perspective of a Writer‘s Keep it or Skip it. As I liked the name, I decided to keep mine to the premise created in Down the TBR Hole:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

As I have over 3000 books on my TBR shelf right now, I anticipate this project will take me well into 2018 to complete!

Here are this week’s selections:

Katy Carter Wants a Hero (Katy Carter, #1)

Katy Carter Wants a Hero by Ruth Saberton
Fiction; Contemporary; Romance
Added January 19, 2012

Hopeless romantic Katy Carter still dreams of becoming bestselling novelist. A ghost writer by trade, Katy knows she’s no Booker Prize winner but has fun penning sizzling scenes and hot heroes for celebrity novels. Writing aside, Katy no longer fantasises about a hero of her own – she’s found him in teacher boyfriend, Ollie. After five years together their own happy ever after is just around the corner – if she can only rescue the couple’s ailing finances.

But with Ollie becoming increasingly career minded and teaching at a very strict school, Katy’s racy writing soon causes difficulties. When she secretly signs a contract with steamy publisher Throb, tensions mount. A surprise trip across the pond brings things to a head, sparking a chain of events which set Katy on a collision course with family, friends and, most of all, her one true hero…

Verdict: Keep

The Single Girl's To-Do List

The Single Girl’s To-Do List by LindseyKelk
Fiction; Chick Lit; Romance
Added January 19, 2012

Rachel Summers loves a to-do list:
• Boyfriend
• Flat
• Great job

NOT on the list:
• Being dumped

Best friends Emelie and Matthew ride to her rescue with an entirely new kind of list – The Single Girl’s To-Do List. Rachel doesn’t know it, but it will take her on all kinds of wild adventures – and get her in some romantic pickles too. And then it won’t be a case of what but who she decides to tick off…

• Mr. bendy yoga instructor
• Mr. teenage sweetheart
• Mr. persistent ex
• Mr. deeply unsuitable

Verdict: Keep

How to Bake a Perfect Life

How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal
Fiction; Romance; Chick Lit
Added January 19, 2012

Professional baker Ramona Gallagher is a master of an art that has sustained her through the most turbulent times, including a baby at fifteen and an endless family feud. But now Ramona’s bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. She’s one water-heater disaster away from losing her grandmother’s rambling Victorian and everything she’s worked so hard to build.

When Ramona’s soldier son-in-law is wounded in Afghanistan, her daughter, Sophia, races overseas to be at his side, leaving Ramona as the only suitable guardian for Sophia’s thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Katie. Heartbroken, Katie feels that she’s being dumped again—this time on the doorstep of a woman out of practice with mothering.

Verdict: Remove

From Notting Hill with Love... Actually (Actually #1)

From Notting Hill With Love…Actually by Ali McNamara
Fiction; Romance; Chick Lit
Added January 19, 2012

She was just a girl, standing in front of a boy . . . wishing he looked more like Hugh Grant.

Scarlett loves the movies. But does she love sensible fiancé David just as much? With a big white wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now . . .

When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill – the setting of one of her favourite movies – Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbour Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too.

Scarlett soon finds herself starring in a romantic comedy of her very own: but who will end up as the leading man?

Verdict: Keep

Italian Neighbors

Italian Neighbors by Tim Parks
Nonfiction; Travel; Memoir
Added January 19, 2012

In this deliciously seductive account of an Italian neighborhood with a statue of the Virgin at one end of the street, a derelict bottle factory at the other, and a wealth of exotic flora and fauna in between, acclaimed novelist Tim Parks celebrates ten years of living with his wife, Rita, in Verona, Italy. Via Colombre, the main street in a village just outside Verona, offers an exemplary hodgepodge of all that is new and old in the bel paese, a point of collision between invading suburbia and diehard peasant tradition in a sometimes madcap, sometimes romantic always mixed-up world of creeping vines, stuccoed walls, shotguns, security cameras, hypochondria, and expensive sports cars.

Verdict: Remove

This week I removed 2/5 {I’m a sucker for cute Chick Lit}, for a total of 31/50 overall.

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2017 #34

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

I don’t really have a lot to say about this past week. I worked, the eclipse happened, I did some reading, got my last book order, got some more Kindle books, and started mapping out some plans for 2018 on the blog. The coming week looks to be more of the same.

But I did have a little excitement on Friday night when I was stuck on the Freeway for a couple of hours due to a series of major accidents. There was one accident southbound and 2 accidents northbound with traffic stopped for miles in both directions. It took me 3 hours to get home rather than my usual one and was a little eerie seeing absolutely no traffic in the northbound lanes, and most of the drivers on the southbound side out of their cars and walking around. As I was going southbound, we were cleared much sooner than the northbound lanes, and I was able to see the extent of the backup as I went by. I learned after the fact that unfortunately there were major injuries requiring lifeflight and some horses lost their lives in one of the accidents. I haven’t heard any details on the other 2 accidents.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #33
Down the TBR Hole #9
Top Ten Tuesday~ Back to School
On Why My Opinion Doesn’t Matter
Cat Thursday #34
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ The BFG
Thursday Quotables~ The Bane Chronicles
The Friday 56~ It Ends With Us
Book Beginnings~ Sleepless in Manhattan
Book Blogger Hop #8
Review: The Little French Bistro

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #10
Top Ten Tuesday~ Hidden Gems
August Challenge Update
Cat Thursday #35
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Lola and the Boy Next Door
Thursday Quotables~ Sleepless in Manhattan
The Friday 56~ Paper and Fire
Book Beginnings~ Island of Glass
Book Blogger Hop #9


It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

The Taming of Annabelle (Six Sisters Series Book 2)

The Taming of Annabelle

Recently Completed:

The Food of Love Beneath the Patchwork Moon (Hope Springs, #2)

The Food of Love//Beneath the Patchwork Moon

Up Next on TBR:

Secretly Hers (Sterling Canyon, #2)

Secretly Hers

I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

New to the Shelves:

Kindle Unlimited {audio}:

Beautiful Broken Rules (Broken #1) The Sweetness of Honey (Hope Springs #3)

Beautiful Broken Rules//The Sweetness of Honey

Purchased {physical}:

Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, #3) A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Shopaholic and Sister (Shopaholic, #4) Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic, #3) Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2) Golden Son (Red Rising, #2)

Yellow Brick War//A Discovery of Witches//Shopaholic & Sister//Shopaholic Ties the Knot//Shadow of Night//Golden Son

Purchased {ebook}:

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Wolf Trouble (SWAT, #2) In the Company of Wolves (SWAT, #3) To Love a Wolf (SWAT #4)

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper//Wolf Trouble//In the Company of Wolves//To Love a Wolf

Free for Kindle {ebook}:

Bon Bons to Yoga Pants Magic Kiss (Hope Falls, 11) After the End (Search and Rescue, #4.5) Edge of Control (Edge Security #1) Hate F*@k: Part One (The Horus Group, #1)

Bon Bons to Yoga Pants//Magic Kiss//After the End//Edge of Control//Hate F*@k

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}


Review: The Little French Bistro

The Little French Bistro Book Cover The Little French Bistro
Nina George
Crown Publishing
June 13, 2017
Net Galley

I really wanted to love this book. I loved the first book I read by Nina George, The Little Paris Bookshop, and was hoping that The Little French Bistro would bring me that same joy, but alas it did not. I didn’t hate the book by any means, but I just didn’t love it. It was more of an OK read for me.

While the plot centers around Marianne, there are so many characters and side stories that it took me until about halfway through the book to get everyone straight. And because there was so much going on, we never really got a really in depth look into any of it… even Marianne’s story itself.

And again, with so many characters, we never really got to know any of them as well as I would have liked. As someone who is very character driven, I like to get really deep into characters when I’m reading. There are so many characters that I would have liked to learn more about… Yann, Jean-Remy, Laurine, Genevieve, even Lothar!

Because I didn’t feel as connected to Marianne, I was unable to understand some of her motivations. She made some decisions that just left me baffled because I didn’t relate to her as a character. I don’t want to post any spoilers, but there were 2 pivotal instances towards the end of the book when I was left going “what the heck are you doing?”

I was left with a lot of questions at the end of the book. I felt there were a lot of plot lines that weren’t resolved for me and others just tied up too neatly, with no real explanation.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Friday 56

The Friday 56~ It Ends With Us

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.

It Ends with Us

“I don’t know how he ended up this close to me, but he’s only about a foot away. His proximity makes it hard to pay attention to the words that come out of his mouth. His gaze drops briefly to my mouth, but as soon as we hear the front door open, he’s halfway across the room.”

Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings~ Sleepless in Manhattan

I’ve added some additional memes to my repertoire and am linking up with Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader.

This meme is a fairly simple concept, we share the first line or so from a current read. This week I’m featuring Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan.

Sleepless in Manhattan (From Manhattan with Love, #1)

Promotion. I think it might be my favorite word. You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this.” Swept along by the tide of commuters, Paige Walker followed her two friends, Eva and Frankie up the steps from the subway and emerged to blue skies and sunshine.

A promotion this early in the book makes me think all is not going to go well…